Drew Lewis Named to Board of Directors
ARLINGTON, Va. — At its scheduled June meeting, the Gannett board of directors today elected Union Pacific Corp. Chairman and CEO Drew Lewis to the board.
With his election, Gannett directors number 13. Gannett’s bylaws provide that the board ranges in size from 11 to 15 members.
“Drew Lewis has had a distinguished career in business and public service,” said John J. Curley, Gannett chairman, president and CEO. “We welcome this opportunity to benefit from his diverse talents and experience.”
Gannett’s directors serve for staggered terms, with one-third of the board standing for election each year. Lewis’ term begins August 21. He joins the class of directors whose terms expire May 6, 1997.
Lewis has been the top executive of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania-based Union Pacific since October 1987. He has had extensive experience in the railroad industry, having been one of two court-appointed trustees of the Reading Company of Philadelphia and guiding the 1971-1980 reorganization of the Reading Railroad and its eventual conveyance to Conrail.
Lewis served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation from January 1981 to February 1983. After his cabinet service, he became chairman and CEO of Warner Amex Cable Communications.
His other board memberships include American Express Co., AT&T, Ford Motor Co. and the FPL Group, Inc. He is past chairman of The Business Roundtable.
Lewis holds a B.S. from Haverford College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard University Graduate School of Business.
Gannett is a nationwide news and information company that publishes 82 daily newspapers, including USA TODAY, and USA WEEKEND, a newspaper magazine. Gannett also operates 10 television stations, 11 radio stations and the largest outdoor advertising company in North America.